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Parents may fear the Internet is killing their child's reading bug, but it is actually encouraging them to read, a new study found.

The majority of kids, 62%, would rather read a book on paper than on the Internet, and even more, 68%, said they love or like reading books for fun, according to the 2008 Kids & Family Reading Report.

Since kids use the Web to check out author sites, book reviews and other online literary tools, the report suggests the Internet encourages reading.

'Despite the fact that after age eight, more children go online daily than read for fun daily, high-frequency Internet users are more likely to read books for fun every day,' said Heather Carter, director of corporate research at Scholastic, which conducted the survey with Yankelovich, a market research firm.

The study was full of interesting findings, including:

# 'Only about half of all parents begin reading to their child before their first birthday.'

# 'The percentage of children who are read to every day drops from 38% among 5-8 year olds to 23% among 9-11 year olds. This is the same time that kids' daily reading for fun starts to decline.'

# 'Parents who read books for fun daily are six times more likely than low-frequency reading parents to have kids who also read for fun daily.'

Finally, kids say a big reason they don't read books is they can't find books they enjoy.

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